~ “Why would you want to do that?” I could never do that.” “Aren’t you worried about them socializing.” “Do you really think you are smart enough to teach them?” “They are going to be the biggest nerds.” “They are going to fall behind.” ~

If you had asked me two years ago if I would ever home school my kids my answer would have been a resounding NO! Omg! I can’t even imagine taking on something like that! I might have even uttered, or thought, a few of the things above that have been said to me in recent weeks! I have to say though WHY is the most prevalent and most difficult to answer. There is no short answer and the long one involves trying to figure out what to list first, as that makes it seem the most important!

Is it my frustration with the public school system? Not getting help when my child struggled? My excelling child being punished for not meeting a goal that has made her hate reading? Or take that alone, that my children who have adored books since they could first lift one now find them loathsome? The focusing on learning for the sake of testing? The head against the brick wall attempts to get help? The inability of the schools to understand that they are my children, and while the school is there to teach them the basics, their emotional well being is MY concern?

It’s so hard to pick and the list goes on…….

Two years ago I had the amazing fortune of joining a large group of homeschooling mama’s and kiddos. All of the sudden I collided into a world that I had only heard about. This homeschooling was something that fringe people did. Home schooled kids couldn’t function socially like their more well rounded public school counterparts…….could they?! Not only could they, but they are some of the most self confident kids I have met!  

Suddenly the “oh so strange” morphed into “could I really DO this?” and it wasn’t long before I started to look at things differently. “WHY??” became Why NOT?!  Public schools, which had always been a HAVE to, became an OPTION. Things I saw happening in the kids at school, and with the school, took on more scrutiny.  Then it fell to me to put my money where my mouth is. As frustrated and annoyed and aggravated as I am with the schools and how things are going was I willing to put up or shut up.

Put up it is.

We are giving it a year. We aren’t looking further than the next school year. I have been given permission by my homeschooling mentors to have bad days. To have hair pulling out days. Days where I threaten to march their little happy butts back into those public schools…………………but I am also going to have the freedom of time, The fun of being in on the learning. The community to back me and mine up and join in on our adventure.

We are very excited. The girls think this is the coolest thing ever and were ready to jump in with both feet two months ago. Do I fear that they think this will be a cakewalk? Yes. That they see lazy days of endless cartoons and no rules? Absolutely. But they have been warned and I made them write an essay to tell me why they really wanted this. If we fall flat on our faces in the end so be it. At least we tried!

Thank for the support! I even thank you for the concerns. It just means my kids have people that care that much about their well being. We are really and truly looking forward to seeing where these next steps take us…..



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rebekah
    May 25, 2012 @ 14:58:54

    I’m interested to hear all about this. We have no kids yet, but my husband has been talking about homeschooling for years.


  2. Susan Todd
    May 27, 2012 @ 15:20:04

    You said it all Erin. I think this will be one of the most exciting things for you and the kiddo’s! We just finished our first year of homeschooling ( 6th grade) and she made the A-B honor roll and she made perfect attendance! Granted some days we schooled in our pj’s but we made it. You have a great bunch of people backing you and am excited that you are joining us!!!


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